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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 100-102

Neuropsychological difficulties associated with dopa responsive dystonia

1 Department of Paediatrics, Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville, Northampton NN1 5BD, United Kingdom
2 Children’s Services, Villa No. 533 Intersection Hazza Bin Zayed (11th) Street and Mubarak Bin Mohammed (26th) Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3 Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Dhinesh Baskaran
Department of Paediatrics, Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville, Northampton NN1 5BD
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JPN.JPN_142_17

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A young girl with l-dopa responsive dystonia showed significant improvements in motor function but had ongoing complaints of neuropsychological difficulties. A neuropsychological evaluation was undertaken to understand the nature of her difficulties. Intellectual function, attention, executive function, and academic attainment were assessed using published psychometric tests. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning was found to be age appropriate. Particular difficulties were identified with working memory, visual selective attention, dual attention, and processing speed which were having a significant impact upon the child and her family. The importance of a thorough neuropsychological evaluation is discussed in helping to appropriately manage and support the child with this chronic but rare health condition.


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